Orientation 2017: J.D. Students

JD Orientation

The University of Miami School of Law's faculty and administration look forward to welcoming you as a new member of our law school. We are excited to have you join our community. Your orientation serves as an introduction to your classmates, faculty and other members of the Miami Law family.

The Lawyer Education and Professionalism (LEAP) Orientation is designed to introduce you to everything Miami Law has to offer, including our world-class educational programs, our law school culture, and our alumni and community connections.

All Orientation events are mandatory unless otherwise indicated.

RSVP for Orientation Here


 Pre-Orientation Events

Monday, July 10th

Alumni Reception for Admitted Students 
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Please note - registration begins at 5:30 p.m.),  Hunton & Williams, 1111 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2500, Miami, FL 33131
Business attire. Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Join Miami Law alumni for a reception in your honor to recognize and celebrate your entry into the Class of 2020. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to meet many of your new classmates, and our accomplished, influential, and supportive alumni. Hosted by Juan C. Enjamio, J.D. '86.

Monday, July 31st – Monday, August 7th

Information Technology Set-Up (Optional - Please choose one session)
Monday, July 31st, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 1st, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 2nd, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, August 2nd, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Monday, August 7th, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Our information Technology team will show you how to connect to our "SecureCanes" wireless network, set up your email account, and install printer drivers so that you are prepared for the first day of classes. Bring your laptop! All IT sessions will take place in the Law School Room F108.

Legal Communication and Research Skills ("LComm") Session - How to Read a Case: Demystifying Legal Opinions
(Mandatory - Students are required to register for only one session)

Monday, July 31, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 1st, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 2nd, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 2nd, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Monday, August 7th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (This session has reached capacity and is no longer available)

Reading a judicial opinion for the first time often raises more questions than answers. What do the different sections mean? Why are various numbers scattered throughout the opinion? Which legal authorities informed the court’s decision? How can I find those authorities? Which courts will be bound by this opinion? 

During this session, we will teach you to navigate judicial opinions efficiently and effectively, as well as introduce you to case briefs—documents in which you summarize and organize the most important information from a case. You will also be given passwords for research tools used to find legal authorities, such as Lexis, Westlaw, TWEN and more. 

All LCOMM sessions will take place in the Law School Room F108. Laptops or tablets are recommended.


Monday, August 7th


New and Returning Students Meet-Up
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Yardhouse at Village of Merrick Park, 320 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL
Smart casual attire. Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Mingle with new and returning Miami Law students before the semester begins!  Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.

 Orientation Events

HOPE Day of Service

Thursday, August 10th

HOPE Day of Service
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Law School – Bass Bricks
Casual Attire (Closed-toe shoes are required. You will be given a HOPE t-shirt to wear to your site. Please look out for additional agency instructions.)

Start the year off right by making a difference!

HOPE Day of Service is a unique opportunity to contribute to, and learn about, the South Florida community while getting to know your classmates and alumni.

Panel Discussion with Upper-level Students
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Law School (various classrooms)

An informal and candid discussion with current Miami Law students about what to expect during your first year in law school.

Setting Up Campus Services on the Bass Bricks
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Law School
Strongly encouraged, but not required.

Student Ambassadors will be on the Bass Bricks to direct you on campus tours and answer questions and many departments will be on hand to set up your campus services including: Cane Card (Student ID) Pictures, Financial Aid, and IT services.

Living Law Talks

Friday, August 11th

Mandatory check-in is on Friday, August 11, 2017 

Check-in times are as follows:

  • Last Name           A-G         9:15
  • Last Name           H-P         9:30
  • Last Name           Q-Z         9:45

Orientation Check-in Procedure 

  • On Friday, August 11, you must check in at the Law School Student Lounge, present a photo ID, pick up your LEAP Orientation materials and other important information. Tables will be set up in the Student Lounge for lanyard distribution. Your name badge allows you entry into the Opening Plenary session and other scheduled activities.
  • Please note that this process is extremely important, and is the only way that we can confirm your enrollment.  Should you not complete this check-in process, we will assume that you are not planning to enter the School of Law.  

Lawyer Education and Professionalism (LEAP) Programming: 9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Business casual attire

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. - Continental breakfast and check-in on the Bass Bricks

10:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. - Opening Plenary – Gusman Hall
Patricia D. White, Dean and Professor of Law
Alessandria San Roman President, Student Bar Association
Osamudia James, Vice Dean and Professor of Law
Stephen Ngo, Class of 2003

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m - Introduction to the U.S. Legal System with Osamudia James, Vice Dean and Professor of Law
Gusman Hall

12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. - Alumni and Miami Legal Community Networking Lunch
Shalala Student Center, Third Floor Ballroom

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Faculty Living Law Talks, Law School (various classrooms)
Living Law” is a series of concurrent 10-minute faculty talks that give students an opportunity to consider how the law they will begin learning plays out in real life.  The talks also give faculty and students an opportunity to meet each other before class start, and to begin developing mentoring relationships based on shared interests at the very start of the school year. Check out the teaser from last year’s program here, and stay tuned for this year’s preview! .

4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., - Student Bar Association Social, The Rathskeller (“Rat”), Shalala Student Center. (Optional)
Join our Student Bar Association for a welcome social honoring the Class of 2020. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., -  Law Parents and Partners Welcome Reception, Law School - Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge (Optional) Parents and Partners, please join us for our annual Welcome Reception which provides an opportunity for parents and partners to meet with our faculty and administrators. Hosted by the Law Parents & Partners (LPP) Committee and Law Alumni Association.

Living Law Talks

Sunday, August 13th

Dean’s Welcome Brunch
10:30 a.m., The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL
Smart casual, but not formal attire; no guests please.


As we approach your arrival to Miami Law, please take note of these tasks, reminders, and key dates.

Access the Checklist Here